Looking for a new Windows Phone 8.1 device? Nokia is ready to start selling one: The $159 Lumia 630 is now on sale in Asia with other regions to follow as Nokia prepares to battle it out with Motorola for the low-cost smartphone market. Read more »
An official Microsoft support page spotted by The Verge references the Surface Pro 3, a device that doesn’t yet exist. It’s possible that the reference is a typo meant to say Surface Pro 2 but it would seem to loosely confirm a CNET report from last week suggesting that Microsoft will debut a new Surface model at a planned event next week. That would be in addition to the expected Microsoft Surface Mini, likely an 8-inch device running Windows RT 8.1. We’ll be on-hand at Tuesday’s event to find out if Surface Mini is getting another sibling.
Although the full HD Samsung Chromebook 2 was delayed until later this month, the first hands-on thoughts of the device are appearing on Computerworld. We discuss that and other Chrome news you can use on this week’s podcast. Read more »
Can a $129 Android phone actually provide a decent user experience? Motorola thinks so and introduced the Moto E for first-time smartphone owners. My first impressions? The target audience will likely be very happy. Read more »
We saw LG’s Lifeband Touch at January’s Consumer Electronics Show and it’s finally going on sale. Expect to see it on retail shelves later this month in the U.S., along with a pair of earphones that can measure heart rate and blood oxygen levels. Read more »
One of my favorite small Chrome OS laptops is the HP Chromebook 11. The Dell Chromebook 11 is roughly the same price but may be my new favorite thanks to stellar battery life and screen that almost rivals the HP. Read more »
Both Virgin Mobile and Boost Wireless now carry the $179 LG Volt, an Android 4.4 smartphone that uses Sprint’s Spark service. The tri-band LTE network — currently available in only 24 cities — promises faster mobile broadband speeds by using different wireless frequencies depending on the activity. Downloading video, for example, will use the fastest currently available network while smaller email data chunks would flow over a slower frequency. For the price, the LG Volt doesn’t look too bad: It has a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 4.7-inch display with 960 x 540 resolution and large 3,000 mAh battery that should easily last a full day.
One line of code found in the iPhone version of Google Play Music optimizes the software for Apple’s iPad indicating a universal Google Play Music app could be on the way soon. If your iPad is jailbroken, you can get the experience now. Read more »
In a few weeks, you’ll be able to knock another item off the list of things Chromebooks can’t do offline: Support for downloading and then playing Google Play Movies and TV Shows without an internet connection is on the way. Read more »
Next week, Motorola will debut a new Motorola phone that’s “priced for all.” It’s likely the Moto E and images of it leaked out early. So too did code indicating a two new Nexus devices and one probably won’t be a phone. Read more »
Sure the industrial design of the iPhone is nice but those hard edges may not be ideal on a larger iPhone 6. Based on mocks of the next iPhone, the handset may look more like an iPod touch this time around. Read more »
Google’s long-term Chrome strategy to take over your desktop is making more progression. Chrome can now associate local Mac files with Google Chrome apps in the Finder if you have Chrome Canary installed and enable an experimental feature. Read more »
One of the senior engineers on Nokia’s PureView camera team is headed to Cupertino. While Nokia has many patents on the PureView technology, Apple could gain some imaging expertise to help make a great smartphone camera even better in future iPhones. Read more »
Rumors of a metal Galaxy S5 never panned out, however the Galaxy S6 could see that and other design changes as the company has replaced its head of mobile design. Don’t get too excited: The new leader had a hand in the original Galaxy phone. Read more »
A busy travel week means a short Chrome Show podcast but there’s plenty of news to discuss including a $349 price for the LG Chromebase, new Chromebooks from Lenovo and others, plus some hands-on thoughts with the Dell Chromebook. Read more »
After debuting Chromebooks for the education market, Lenovo is following up with models for consumers. Say hello to the N20 and N20p Chromebooks, which offer up to 8 hours of battery life. The latter has a touchscreen and 300-degree screen hinge. Read more »
Assuming the leaks and mockups of the iPhone 6 have some basis of truth, it’s a safe bet well be seeing a larger iPhone this year. Here’s what that means from a usability and screen resolution perspective. Read more »
Qualcomm added voice input to the Toq smartwatch, showing off both its hardware and Nuance’s software. Toq Talk is limited to text messages for now but is another recent example of how we’ll interact with our wearables in the near future. Read more »
Mini versions of flagship phones never seem to be the same phone in a smaller size. Take the HTC One Mini 2, for example: It won’t have the second camera sensor found on the back of the HTC One M8. Read more »
Pushing its one app for any Windows device concept, Microsoft released Reading List for Windows Phone 8.1. The app already exists on Windows 8.1 and syncs saved web content for later reading. Read more »
Tired of bouncing from app to app as you chase useful content on your mobile phone? So is Facebook, which announced its backing of the open-source App Links effort today. Read more »
Motorola will add to its Moto G and X handset lines at a London event on May 13 when it introduces “the next Motorola phone.” Invitations for the launch are hitting press inboxes with little detail. One tagline does stand out, however: “Made to last. Priced for all.” That could indicate a more ruggedized edition of the low-cost Moto G, perhaps with water-resistant and dust-proof capabilities. Either way, the handset won’t likely have any influence from Lenovo, which agreed in January to buy Motorola from Google as the phone would have been in the works months ago and the deal is not yet closed.
An official-looking spec sheet with images and details of the Asus Chromebook C200 is here with a few nice surprises. On this week’s podcast we also discuss Acer’s Core i3 Chromebook and that 14-inch Android notebook which doesn’t affect Google’s Chrome strategy. Read more »
June is looking good for the first Android Wear smartwatch launch with the LG G Watch expected in at least two markets at a price that could put some pressure on existing smartwatch products. Read more »
Using Google Glass with an iPhone isn’t quite as good of an experience compared to using it with Android. This simple little workaround, however, can get iPhone owners all of their notifications on Google Glass. Read more »
Under new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft is moving quickly. Just a month and three days after debuting the long-awaited Office for iPad app, Microsoft added AirPrint support in an updated version of the software on Tuesday. Word documents can be printed with or without markup and Excel users can choose to print a range, single worksheet or full spreadsheet. The updated software also includes alignment tools in Power Point and AutoFit adjustments for Excel rows and columns.
Acer announced a new Chromebook in its C720 line on Tuesday at a New York City press event and unlike its other models, this one gets a chip boost. Instead of the fairly common Intel Celeron processor found in other Chromebooks from Acer, Dell and HP, Acer is putting an Intel Core i3 processor inside the laptop. Slashgear notes that the new 11.6-inch Chromebook is due out this summer with larger models possibly following. Using the Core i3 should improve performance while not severely impacting battery life.
Could an iPhone case actually light up with notifications when you get a call or text? Probably. Could it do so without a battery or without the iPhone’s battery? Actually: yes! The Lunacase uses electromagnetic waves from your iPhone for power. Read more »
Amazon gave the up-and-coming market for wearable devices a nod by announcing its new Wearable Technology store on Tuesday. The online retailer now has a dedicated storefront for health trackers, smartwatches, life-logging cameras and other sensor-laden devices. Since the product category is new for many, Amazon is supplementing the retail store with a “Learning Center” for video and written information on products, in hopes of educating the masses on why a wearable device could fit nicely into their life.
It might be time for a new Samsung smartphone strategy as competitors are outpacing the company’s sales growth rate. For the first time since the end of 2009, Samsung’s global smartphone market share has fallen. Read more »
Apple may not have surprised us with a slight hardware upgrade to its MacBook Air line but did you expect a price cut too? The new MacBook Air is accessible to more budgets with an $899 starting price. Read more »
HTC hasn’t been too kind to Samsung for its use of plastic in phones. That may not stop the company from launching the HTC M8 Ace in plastic, however, because it would be priced lower than the Galaxy S5 yet have the same specs. Read more »
A Costco trip for groceries turned into a gadget purchase: I bought a Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet. For $299.99, this 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet is impressive enough to suggest Microsoft doesn’t need a Surface Mini. Read more »
If Android is your favorite operating system, HP may have the laptop of your dreams. Meet the HP SlateBook PC: A 14-inch touchscreen notebook computer that runs Android apps from the Google Play Store. Read more »
An early video look at the Samsung Chromebook 2 showed an appealing laptop with what looks like solid performance from the company’s Exynos chip. We won’t know for sure, however, until the end of May due to delivery delays. Read more »
Google could be expanding voice control beyond search and Google Now in Android with a new OK Google Everywhere feature. Samsung’s fourth iteration of the Galaxy Tab is coming as we wait to see if Amazon offers free mobile broadband with its smartphone. Read more »
After already promising 14 to 21 business day delivery when pre-orders began April 7, Samsung now says the Chromebook 2 won’t arrive until the end of May. Perhaps there’s more software tweaking to be done for the Exynos 5 chip. Read more »
Amazon’s phone could be the first major product to take advantage of AT&T’s Sponsored Data plans with a Prime Data service. Free mobile broadband as a subsidy? It wouldn’t be the first time Amazon has done this. Read more »